6 WordPress Plugins for Simpler Editor-Contributor Collaboration

20 September 2013

Glasgow: A site only runs efficiently when you take the time to work with all people concerned in its running. Editors and webmasters have an inclination to forget this, and don’t converse very well with their contributors. Possibly, because they don’t have liability for the real maintenance of the site, which is the primary objective of the administrator.

The Importance of Communication

Let’s use the analogy of a kitchen when speaking about the communication needed between blog staff. When you are working in a kitchen, you have a dozen things going at once: pots on the stove, food in the oven, plates waiting to be filled, and orders coming in continually.

The staffs have their own jobs, and they are doing their finest to execute them properly. But if the chef doesn’t talk to them, and they don’t speak to one another, it will be a tragedy. Orders may be done up twice or forgotten altogether, food will be burnt, and there will be a dining room full of angry customers. You have to converse appropriately to keep everything running easily.

A blog runs in a similar way. You have the administrator, the editor, the moderators, the contributors, designers and developers…sure, some of the people might take on numerous jobs. But that doesn’t make communication less important. Speaking to one another is the best means to keep away mistakes. That way two writers don’t finish up writing the same post, a topic doesn’t go neglected, and articles don’t sit there pending for ages.

If you get yourself overlooking communication with contributors, or maybe you just want a simpler way to keep everyone on the same page, try these 6 useful plugins. They can make your job much simpler.

1. WP Status Notifier

Don’t be anxious about matching up with pending posts any more. Just get this notifier and it will let you know when there is anything awaiting publication by email. You can also set up an alert for contributors to let them know that their post has been received and published. It’s quick, easy to use and helpful. Plus, it aids you get to the post while it is still new, a big concern is if you are working on time sensitive topics or trending stories.

2. Ideas

Don’t mess up the post section with ideas waiting for you to write. In its place, you can have a fully separate section where you draft your ideas, including descriptions and even deadline if you opt. This is such a good idea, as you can put any ideas you have in one place for contributors to see and use, without the danger of accidentally deleting the draft in the posts, or publishing it onto the blog.

3. Edit Flow

Communicate with your complete blog team with this amazing plugin that gives you a calendar, custom status messages, editorial comments that thread for full discussions with contributors and editors, metadata, story budgets, notifications and organized groups for quick comments to users.

4. Blogging Checklist

Are your writers constantly overlooking to check the SEO in their article? Are a few submitting content with spelling errors? Maybe they just aren’t tagging the posts correctly. This is a plugin for all the little details that make up the technical aspects of the post. Create a checklist that sits in the editing section of ever post and have them pursue the list to ensure there is nothing they are missing before they hit the submit button. You will be surprised at how much time this will save.

5. Dashboard Post-It

Leave quick notes in post-It on your dashboard. It is easy, and there are no real features obtainable. If all you want is a way to leave fast reminders and comments, this is a superior option.

6. MBG Guest Blogging Plugin

This one goes first because this is how the blogger – contributor relationship starts. MyBlogGuest is aiding you to get regular contributors for your blog who will then form the core community around your site.

The plugin makes it simple to pick guest articles and get added info on the authors to be able to build contributor accounts within your WP dashboard.

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